*Content Warning: Mention of sexual assault and rape*
The Sexual Consent Awareness (SCA) society alongside SUSU, have recently launched a university wide survey to better understand sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape at the University.
The anonymous questionnaire looks to explore the need for “more adequate policies against sexual assault for students, more accessible support systems for students to access, and a harder line on condemning all forms of sexual assault and harassment at University.”
President of SCA Laura, says “We want to ensure all students are safe at university. The survey is important to SCA in … Read the rest
10th October is World Mental Health Day, an annual day recognised by The World Health Organisation to provide an opportunity for those working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done. This year’s theme, chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.
As a Students’ Union, young people’s mental health and well being is so important to us. SUSU, as well as University of Southampton, have a number of services available to every student. We would like to take this World … Read the rest
Who’s looking forward to the return of our annual Academic Awards this May? We certainly are!
We all know that one person who has gone above and beyond academically. Maybe it’s a lecturer who gave an inspiring talk which led to your interest in a particular area of study? Perhaps your course has improved this year as a result of the fantastic work by one of your Academic Reps?
Whoever it is, make sure you nominate them for an Academic Award so we can celebrate their achievements at the Academic Awards Ceremony this May. It’s quick and easy to … Read the rest
UPDATE 22/02/18: A second blog detailing the ‘teach-outs’ organised with UCU can be found here
On Thursday 08 February 2018, our Education Zone met for an extraordinary meeting of the Zone to discuss the recent announcement of industrial action by the University and Colleges Union (UCU).
The Education Zone is one of our groups of elected student representatives who makes decision on specific academic issues on behalf of the student body. This is where previous instances of industrial actions have been discussed. The meeting was also attended by a number of students, and we’d like to extend our thanks to … Read the rest
Remember, you are more than your studies. As the Semester One exam period is fast approaching, we’re pleased to announce the return of the Union’s You Are More Than campaign, supporting each and every student with a range of study spaces in the Union, events and activities. It’s important to take a break and relax away from your exams, assignments and hand-ins.
Study Spaces within the Union
- The Cafe and Bar 2 (both in Building 42) will be open for studying during normal Union opening hours
- Meeting Room 5 (Building 42, Level 2) and Meeting Room 7 (Building 40, Level
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The exam and hand-in season is upon us, so we have devised a handy list of 10 top tips to help you during revision and coursework…
- Get to grips with the syllabus – don’t be afraid to contact lecturers to find out what you’re expected to know so that you can revise accordingly.
- Do plenty of past papers and questions if they are available to you, as this will give you a better idea of the type of questions to expect in the real thing.
- Stick revision notes around your room to help you retain the information by associating it
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Hi, it’s Sam Higman, VP Welfare, and I’m here with another Expect Respect blog following our campaign last week.
Trigger Warning: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment
Last week, I wrote a blog about our Expect Respect campaign, which had a focus on sexual consent awareness. Throughout the week, student leaders, committee members and staff members wore Expect Respect wristbands to show support for the campaign. In fact, many of us continue to wear them, and will do so on a daily basis.
We also ran the No Worries Wednesday Fayre on Wednesday 25 October, with relevant support and … Read the rest
We recently donated boxes of our off-brand t-shirts to a fantastic international charity called Farm4life.
Working predominantly in Ghana to provide communities with relief from financial, social and economic hardship, Farm4life aims to improve the education and general well-being of young people and adults.
Farm4life was co-founded by Lloyd and Karen Clewer following Lloyd’s visit to Jamestown, Accra, where he was saw first-hand the day-to-day struggles of those living in disadvantaged communities.
The organisation particularly encourages the donation of furniture, including desks and chairs. These are taken apart and sent over to Farm4life co-workers who live in the communities in … Read the rest
Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! This is an exciting time of year (we’re talking selfies with your pals all robed up, holidays, meals out and ciders in the sun) but what happens when it’s time to face reality and begin the job hunt?
Here are 8 of our top tips for you to bear in mind if you’re yet to secure a job.
- Don’t let rejection put you off your search. No one likes to be rejected and we understand it can be sad when you don’t make the cut for a role you set your heart on.
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It has come to light that the University is in the process of implementing a restructuring of the Residents’ Support Service (RESSUP), moving from an overnight service to a 24-hour one, which will result in an 18 to 20% cut in take-home pay for the members of that team according to UNISON.
RESSUP is a key support service for students living in halls, offering pastoral support, practical support, advice, and generally a friendly face to students who might be struggling.
We consider RESSUP as one of the key elements to providing welfare support for students and improving the student experience … Read the rest